Metapsychosis welcomes submissions of original essays, stories, poetry, reviews, interviews, music, film, and digital art for publication in both the online and (forthcoming) print versions of our journal. We publish for an audience that is open to spiritual realities—including the mystical, mythological, contemplative, liminal, psychedelic, and weird—yet is also comfortable with intellectual discourse. We are also, in our own way, activists, and aspire to publish work that makes a difference in the world, in ways that might not be immediately obvious but are nonetheless real from a deep-time and consciousness-based perspective. Before you submit your work, we suggest you become familiar with the material on our site.
Submissions are reviewed by our community of editors and rated by at least two reviewers, who determine whether we consider a piece excellent (high likelihood of being published), good (moderate likelihood), needing work (we’ll talk), or rejected (maybe try again). Final decisions are made in our monthly editorial meetings. We try to give authors constructive feedback whenever we can.
Priority is given to journal supporters, collaborators, and active participants in our readers’ and writers’ groups, as well as creative members of Cosmos Co-op (our parent organization)—however, our primary concern is to present the most outstanding work we can find that enriches the wider integral and visionary cultures; thus we seek contributions from a variety of perspectives, from different social and cultural backgrounds.
Metapsychosis accepts previously unpublished work—with exceptions if the piece has only appeared on your personal website or is Creative Commons licensed. We also ask you to avoid simultaneous submissions. We will try to communicate with you as promptly and clearly as we can, so that you can move on if it turns out we’re not a good fit.
In addition to the main content, we ask you to provide us with some meta-information, images (optionally), and supporting documents, if any. You should have these items ready before getting started:
- A very brief excerpt, teaser, or summary of your piece
- 3-5 tags or keywords that could be used to describe your piece (e.g., “horror, panpsychism, geopolitics, metafiction, subtle body”)
- Author bio and photo (if this is your first submission)
- Artwork and images. Whenever possible, we use original community-contributed art, public domain, or Creative Commons licensed images to accompany written pieces. If you have artwork in mind that you think would work well with your piece, please upload it and include attribution. [optional]
- Cover letter. Please include a note if you want to give some context to your submission, or provide a general introduction to yourself or your work more broadly. [optional]
- Licensing. You can choose your preferred licensing (full copyright, or any of the Creative Commons options, which we encourage).
If your work is considered, we will give you feedback by email or in a private thread in our forum at InfiniteCoversations.com (after you’ve created an account). This allows our editors to follow the conversation or chime in if they have something to add. When your work is ready to go into production, we will provide you with access to a draft version of the page, so you can see a preview and offer corrections or approvals.
What to expect after submitting
Please allow 4-6 weeks for our editors to decide if we’d like to accept your piece. During the editorial process, we may or may not offer varying levels of feedback or suggestions for improvement. We expect authors to work collaboratively with our editors, but we always seek to respect your creative vision and bring out the best in your work.
After your work is published, we’ll ask that you help promote it by sharing the page to your social networks and communities, then stick around for any discussion that may develop. Every article published on the site is connected to a forum topic on Infinite Conversations for reader response.
If you and Metapsychosis are a good fit, we would love to publish you again and will invite you to become a member of our cooperative community, which will enable you to promote your other projects on our platform; participate in reading, writing, and study groups; and give back through serving as a reviewer, curator, or contributing editor in turn—should you wish to. In other words, we can build a relationship….
We do not currently offer direct compensation for submissions—however, we plan to begin compensating authors, once we build up our subscription revenue. So, become a supporter and invite your friends!